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Welspun Energy to Develop 60-Megawatt Solar Plant in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, Welspun Energy Ltd., India’s biggest developer of solar projects, said it will build a 60-megawatt solar power plant in south India after winning a local government auction. The company is in talks with banks to raise 4 billion rupees ($74 million) to fund the project in the state of Tamil Nadu, Managing Director Vineet Mittal said today in Chennai. In December, Tamil Nadu had invited bids from developers to set up solar projects of as much as 1 ... Read More »

Tamil Nadu farmers to get solar pump sets at subsidised rates

According to reports, to help the farmers over-come power crisis, improve economic viability and embrace cleaner energy concept, the Department of Agriculture is all set to distribute 5 HP solar-powered pump sets at subsidised rates during the current fiscal. Deputy Director of Agriculture P. Santhanakrishnan told The Hindu that the subsidy would be to the tune of 80 per cent of the unit cost of Rs. 4 lakh estimated for the pumps that would be distributed to the farmers. The amount ... Read More »

Lanco’s solar cell-making plant to start by mid-2014

According to reports, Lanco Solar Private Ltd, a unit of the Hyderabad-based Lanco Group, would kick-start the 300 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar cell manufacturing plant in the special economic zone (SEZ) in Rajnandgaon of Chhattisgarh next year. “By (mid) next year we will be able to produce solar cells and the facility would be able to produce 300 MW cells when completely done,” Satyendra Kumar, Chief Technology Officer, Lanco Solar told mediapersons. At present, the plant manufactures only solar modules. The ... Read More »

Companies vie for Punjab solar energy project

According to reports, a large number of companies have bid for the proposed 300 MW solar photovoltaic power projects by the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA). Punjab non-conventional energy minister Bikram Singh Majithia said more than 30 companies participated in the bidding process and total bids for 270 MW were received against targeted allocation for in-house capacity of 300MW of solar power projects. Bids will be evaluated to verify technological competence of the bidders, based on which, the price bids of the ... Read More »

Telugu cinestar Nagarjuna opts for solar power

According to reports, celebrity couple Nagarjuna and his wife Amala have opted for solar power for domestic energy requirements. The couple, we hear, has installed a 6-KW roof top off grid solar power system. The duo opted for this move after the Andhra Pradesh Government urged to tap renewable energy, especially solar energy. Nagarjuna and Amala have got solar panels installed on the roof top. The couple said that they were to implement the move long back, but due to technical ... Read More »

Govt to grade solar rooftop equipment

According to reports, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working on an exercise to grade solar rooftop equipment, Tarun Kapur, Joint Secretary (Solar), MNRE, said here today. The contours of the grading scheme are being worked out, but the grading would be similar to the ‘star rating’ given by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency on electrical appliances, Kapur said in an informal chat with journalists on the sidelines of Renergy 2013, a conference of the renewable energy sector, organised ... Read More »

Solar power market sees growth in India, but challenges remain

According to reports, correcting the misconception of solar power being expensive, getting bank funding and bottlenecks in acquiring land for solar projects are among the major challenges for those keen on investing in this form of renewable energy say industry experts. Participating in a panel discussion on policies at Renergy 2013, a three-day international conference on renewable energy, Vivek Chaturvedi, Chief Marketing Officer, Moser Baer Solar, said the power tariff has dropped from about Rs 20 a unit to less than ... Read More »

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